Police arrest N.S. driver wanted in deadly Edmonton crash

Published on May 5, 2014
Ryan Richard Wilneff was arrested in connection with a Jan. 22 crash that claimed the life of a Shelburne man.
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SHELBURNE - A 28-year-old man wanted in connection with a crash that took the life of a Shelburne man was arrested in Grand Prairie, Alberta.

Ryan Wilneff, of Halifax, was charged in connection with a Jan. 22 crash that took the life of Jacey Cox, 28, in Edmonton. The former Shelburne man died in hospital after the vehicle he was a passenger in veered off an Edmonton street, knocking down a light standard, continuing through a parking lot and striking several billboards and trees in its path, before colliding head-on into the cement/brick wall of a business.

Police said alcohol and excessive speed were contributing factors in the crash.

Wilneff, who was taken to hospital with non-life threatening but serious injuries, surprised police a few days later when he signed himself out of the hospital.

Wilneff is facing seven charges including impaired operation causing death, dangerous driving causing death, possession of a controlled substance and four breach of probation orders.

In a release from the Alberta Police Report, Grande Prairie RCMP said Wilneff would be transported back to Edmonton to appear in court on the charges.